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#oneoftheseplease: week five
Wool is highly respected around Rapha headquarters. From the inspirational jerseys of yore to the thick socks that provide so much needed warmth on our winter rides. The versatility of Merino Wool is one that has been chronicled more than once within these pages. We have heard from more than one person that they have gone so far as to throw out all their old underwear and replace them with the Merino Boxers.. That's the miracle of merino. Whatever the case may be, this all-purpose natural wonder is the basis for #oneoftheseplease week five.
The merino wool base layers cannot be beat. It is a slippery slope with these undergarments. First you get them — maybe in a bundle — and you start by wearing them every time you ride on the road. Then you're subbing them in to your morning commute wear because they just work better than a t-shirt. Next, you reach for them when the weather is a bit cool and you're looking for something to wear to bed…and it is all over from there. And as we have heard through our customer service crew, they are the most often stolen piece by significant others.
It doesn't matter where you get this, just make sure that when the cold snap rolls in you have a woolen blanket handy. At one time in the US there were almost 1,000 woolen mills around the country. Now there are under ten left and two of them belong to the Pendleton Woolen Mills here in Oregon. They have also been updating their clothing styles in the past few seasons with their "Pendleton Collection" of clothes that have been featured everywhere from Saks Fifth Avenue to the fashion forward Men's boutique Stag in Austin, Texas. The Pendleton Collection also features updates to some of their classic styles for the ladies such as the Montana Tunic.
There are a variety of ways to wear the Filson Wool Vest. Layered under your favorite waxed cotton jacket for an added layer of warmth or over a shirt or sweatshirt for that backwoods look, the Filson Vest can do it all. It also has the coveted cache of being made in the Pacific Northwest city of Seattle. Our Customer Service Manager in the US has been lusting after one of these for quite some time now, so Tim has officially added this to his #oneoftheseplease list.
A new product for us this season the Drawcord Hat has been a hit with many including Team Rapha-FOCUS. The dual nature of the cap allows for its use in a variety of situations. Cinch the top and wear it as a beanie in the team tent. Conversely, pull it down over your head for added neck protection when checking out chilly cyclocross courses.
Why stop at just riding gear for your neck? Norse Projects 100% Merino Wool scarf is the perfect transition from the road into your everyday wear. The simple stripes may perfectly compliment your favorite jersey, but at that point, who knows but you? Since we are over at Need Supply (one of our other favorite online retailers) we would be remiss to mention.
Let's go a bit extreme here for a second. All this talk of wool brought up one of our favorite subjects here in the Portland office — The Malloy Brothers — pioneering types who formed part of the inspiration that helped create the Rapha Continental. Well, these wetsuits blend merino wool with polyester for additional warmth without rubber. Which means that you can get out in the frigid waters off the coast of Oregon without turning blue.
Now, what to do with all your new merino goods when laundry day happens? Just for these situations we have produced one fine Merino Wash. It also has a natural cedar odor in it to ready your wool pieces for storage in the warmer months. Who are we kidding? We use this stuff all year round, there's no need to store it. (Not for use with wet suits.)
Just a quick note here. If you have left things a little too late to get your friends and family a physical gift, you can save your bacon by endowing them with a Rapha E-Voucher, redeemable at Rapha.cc for a wealth of beautiful products.
For the most interesting, unique and highly desirable gift requests:
Alex Maltese (@AlexMaltese) would like a pair of Polished German flak binoculars from WWII.
William Ward (@BillyElNino) would like a Best Made Co. American Felling Axe.
Michael Tabtabai (@michaeltabtabai) would like an original Yuji Yamada painting of a Rapha–Condor rider.
Chris Barker (@hellomrmagpie) would like a Little Printer.
Neil Cooper (@vNEILv) would like a Limited Edition Paul Smith for Leica X2 Camera.
For gifts made by Rapha, creatively requested:
Duan Dao (@Pholocity) would like a pair of our Arm Warmers, but seeing as this week is in celebration of wonderful wool, we hope he doesn't mind a pair of our finest Merino Arm Warmers instead.
Byron (@byronmm) would like a pair of our Overshoes to keep his toes toasty this winter.
Johan Lunell (@2komma3) would like to give a Chris King Rapha Espresso Tamper to his sister Anne, the Swedish Queen of Coffee. We coincidentally noted her roastery, Koppi as one of our favourites in our recent Baristas article, so it's only fitting that we make this happen.
Simon Lamb (@simon_lamb) would like anything Rapha, it seems. His desperate yet entertaining plea will not go unrewarded and we trust that receiving one of our Merino Drawcord Hats will satiate his desires.
LAMB (@simon_lamb) December 12, 2012
Jens Winkelmann (@JeanzTweet) would like a Deep Winter Collar to keep his face and neck warm on those harsh winter days. We wish you a speedy recovery Jens.
Mark LaLonde (@diamond_wizard) would like a Barbour Bedale Jacket.
Sherry Schwenderlauf (@Schwenderlauf) would like an Iva Jean Reveal Skirt.
Dave Hage (@davehage) would like an Henty Wingman Suit Bag.
David Devennie (@devenniedavid) would like a hip flask that is conveniently the same size as a mini pump.
Joel Hewitt (@JOEL_HEWITT) would like a Rapha Hardshell Jacket to keep him warm and dry.
JOEL HEWITT (@JOEL_HEWITT) December 12, 2012
We'll be sending each of these guys one of our Winter Collars for their worthy contributions.
The Grand Prize
We're proud to announce that for our final week of #oneoftheseplease, on top of our usual weekly prize offering, we will give one very lucky person a huge prize package of the best Rapha gifts. These were either mentioned or given away as prizes over the past number of weeks in relation to the themes: Leather Goods, Prints and Publications, Coffee, City Riding, and Wool.
In order to be in the running for this amazing bundle, remember, we're looking for the most interesting, unique and highly desirable gift #oneoftheseplease suggestions that you really want to receive. And while we might not be able to fulfil that request we do offer you the chance to win the following:
- 1 x pair Grand Tour Shoes
- 1 x Oakley Rapha-FOCUS Limited Edition Frogskins
- 1 x Leather Wash Bag
- 1 x Soap
- 1 x Winter Embrocation
- 1 x Summer Embrocation
- 1 x Skincare Travel Set
- 1 x Great Road Climbs of the Northern Alps
- 1 x Great Road Climbs of the Southern Alps
- 1 x The Great Road Climbs of the Pyrenees
- 1 x Race Notes
- 1 x Espresso Cup Set
- 1 x Cappuccino Cup Set
- 1 x Rapha Coffee Mug
- 1 x H-Van
- 1 x Hi-Vis Gilet
- 1 x Seat Pack
- 1 x Belt
- 1 x pair of City Riding Socks
- 1 x Merino Base Layer
- 1 x Merino Wash
- 1 x Merino Drawcord Hat
- 1 x Winter Collar
The total value of this prize package is over 1,200 GBP / 1, 800 USD / 2,200 CAD / 1,400 EUR / 1, 800 AUD / 1, 800 JPY / 1, 800 CHF.
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We have seen some excellent suggestions to date but we're really looking for something special, that we've never come across and is worthy of being that ultimate gift and deserving of our Grand Prize.
We like effort — so be creative, or clever with your suggestions, either photographically or the way you describe it.
- RT @CondorWarehouse: Nice to see the @raphacondor JLT team bike on display @campagnolosrl HQ with so many top pro teams http://t.co/5CgE0tY…
- RT @anpostras: GC after Stage 4: Bialoblocki,, McConvey, Guldhammer, Handley, Pelletier-Roy, Hunal, Simon Yates, Fodor, Roger Aiken, Archbo…
- Spare a thought for @Porterelliott who punctured out of the yellow jersey group, when will he get some luck!
- Took the @anpostras on today. Didn't quite pull it off. @RichHandley90 4th on GC and @mike_cuming in the KoM jersey.
- Tour series update from Stoke up on the site http://t.co/aVdcnGnkOX
- RT @elstopbanana: Here's Kristian House @raphacondor at last night's @TourSeries picture by Sue Howlett Great racing! @SoTCityCouncil http:…
- RT @sticky_bottle: Meant to say, to be eligible for the @raphacondor team car compeition you have to be a stickybottle twitter follower!
- RT @sticky_bottle: OK folks; nice morning for it. To win a day in the Rapha Condor JLT team car on the Rás last stage, Sunday, just retweet…
- Third team overall for the Men in Black at Stoke last night in the @TourSeries
- 2 be clear that was @johnherety decision to not let @AaronBuggle start. Tour of Korea and Irish National Champs will be his next rendezvous